Executive Vice President Masatami Takimoto and other officials are re-engineering Toyota, borrowing elements of the past to tackle 21st-century environmental changes.
The President of Honda R&D, Masaaki Kato, hopes to harness the company's "racing spirit" to research and develop innovative methods to reduce the CO2 emissions of its products.
Nissan's Senior Vice President, Minoru Shinohara, explains the battery technology that will allow feasible electric cars, while not forgetting to mention the GT-R supercar.
Hyundai-Kia R&D Center Chief Hyun-Soon Lee has added the top market-research job at the company as it tries to quickly add more value to its products with new technologies and features.
Suppliers hope to capitalize on the future gold mine for automatic transmissions by working with OEMs on high-tech but low-cost solutions.
Engine control and precision are crucial as engine designers use an array of new ideas to get more power from smaller, more efficient engines.
As cars become more complex, driver-control systems proliferate--but keeping their operation simple and reducing workload is a growing fight.
Materials once considered exotic are being specified for higher-volume automotive applications in a bid to trim mass for improved fuel economy and performance.
Fast tracking a new gasoline turbocharged direct-injection engine meant Ford engineering teams had to reduce development times while capitalizing on improvements in simulation and collaboration tools.